You’ve probably driven past Milano Cucina, on the corner of Hutt and Wakefield Street, many times like I have but this was my first time dining there. It was the curse of Monday night as a group of us planned to go somewhere that clearly hadn’t updated their opening hours. We were getting hungrier and hungrier so we whipped the Entertainment Book out and landed here. Milano Cucina specializes in Northern Italian cuisine, hence the name Milano I suppose. From the moment we opened the doors the service was so friendly it put a smile on our faces.
The restaurant decor is very simple, nothing fancy but the menu is has all the classic Italian dishes so there’s something for everyone. Mr Foodie obviously went for pizza. He’s one of those that never crowds a pizza instead just searching for good flavours from good quality produce. It’s always a margherita or pepperoni/salumi with him. This time it was San Siro with tomato, mozzarella, mild pepperoni and olives topped with fresh rocket. The pizza was enjoyable with a lovely tomato base sauce and a thinner crust. While not quite like Naples it was a still a good pizza.
That night they had a Steak special which perked the interest of the biggest carnivore in our group. Simply chargrilled, seasoned and served with balsamic salad on the side it was done pretty nicely. Cooked exactly to his liking, good beef and tender juiciness with every mouthful.
The other carnivore actually ordered fish! Fish of the day special was Garfish, grilled and seasoned with herbs served on roasted tomatoes and smashed peas. According to him it was fresh, light and tasty so a thumbs up from him. His roaring appetite however saw him edging into our pasta bowl.
I had a fellow crab pasta lover with me so we both ordered Taglierini Con Granchio which to my delight was a lovely egg pasta cooked al dente. Granchio is my favourite pasta with sweet crab meat and a crab and tomato sauce. While different to ones I’ve had from Ruby Red Flamingo or Press* this was still decent. The other pasta dish we had was Fettuccine al Doppio Ragu, a veal and pork ragout that was absolutely delicious. A winner for sure.
It’s nice to visit establishments that have been around for a while sometimes. I do have a confession though, our visit was quite a number of months ago!
80 Hutt Street